Blake Shelton’s Long-Forgotten Racist, Homophobic Tweets Surface, ‘The Voice’ on Damage Control 

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Over the weekend, social media began circulating some racist and denigrating tweets that Blake Shelton posted between 2010 and 2011, which has the publicists at NBC’s The Voice sprinting to shut down the controversy.

The tweets in question were posted long before Shelton had become a judge on the hit singing competition, making him a household man. Back then, he was just a country music singer airing his bigoted thoughts on social media.

One particularly reprehensible tweet says, “wish the [bleep]head in the next room would either shut up or learn some English so I would at least know what he’s planning to bomb.” Another one states: “flying home to sleep with two young blonde and black haired bitches,” and then he decided to mention a dream he had involving then-16-year-old actress Dakota Fanning: “Soo . . . I just figured out a great excuse for my sick fantasy about Dakota Fanning. I thought she was Amanda Seyfried.”

 

 

According to Page Six, NBC has reached out to a number of news outlets who have covered the story and threatened to cut off any access to their show’s talent if they don’t pull the stories. Needless to say, stories about Shelton and his derogatory tweets starting vanishing one by one.

But in the court of public opinion, the once-affable TV star’s reputation is in free-fall.

UPDATE: Shelton released an apology on Twitter, stating: “Everyone knows comedy has been a major part of my career and it’s always been out there for anyone to see. That said anyone that knows me also knows I have no tolerance for hate of any kind or form. Can my humor at times be inappropriate and immature? Yes. Hateful? Never. That said I deeply apologize to anybody who may have been offended.”